Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:
but the LORD shall rise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of the rising.
Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together,
they come to thee:
thy sons shall come from afar,
and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged;
because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee,
the forces of the Gentiles shall come to unto thee.
The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense;
and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.
Light of the world, we hail thee,
Flooding the eastern skies;
Never shall darkness veil thee
Again from human eyes;
Too long, alas, with-holden,
Now spread from shore to shore;
Thy light, so glad and golden,
Shall set on earth no more.
Light of the world, thy beauty
Steals into every heart,
And glorifies with duty
Life’s poorest, humblest part;
Thou robest in thy splendor
The simplest ways of men,
And helpest them to render
Light back to thee again.
Light of the world, illumine
This darkened earth of thine,
Till everything that’s human
Be filled with the divine;
Till every tongue and nation,
From sin’s dominion free,
Rise in the new creation
Which springs from love and thee.
John S. Monsell 1811-1875
William Walker 1809-1875